Breakfast Is For Champions.

Staring your day without breakfast is like expecting a child to succeed in high school without learning to read, like competing in the Olympics without training.

The first step to healthy is breakfast.

There is a myth out there that skipping meals saves on calories. I suppose that is true. But when you miss meals, regularly, your body goes into starvation mode. It hangs onto the meals you eat and you will overeat the meals you do eat. Another name for starvation mode is hang onto extra weight mode.

Eating breakfast fires up your metabolism.  It’s telling your body “I am ready to be active and productive today, get ready and eat this up.”

Breakfast Do’s And Do’nuts

  • Do eat breakfast. Everyday. Don’t get a donut. Or a massive muffin.
  • Do get protein in the AM. Don’t have bacon or sausages.
  • Do choose vegetable proteins. Don’t always choose soy. Hemp, amaranth, quinoa and buckwheat are complete proteins too.
  • Do enjoy pancakes and waffles. Don’t eat them out of a box. Mix them up from scratch and get some whole grain flours in there.
  • Do have yogurt. Don’t get pre-sweetened pre-flavoured. Add a little honey and fruit to plain yogurt.

 The Big List Of Breakfast Ideas

  • Set up a muesli bar. Get out oats, nuts and seeds, fruit and yogurt, let everyone pick and choose what they’d like.
  • When you have pancakes or waffles, mix the syrup with yogurt. You get the sweet but also get the protein and goodness from the yogurt.
  • Eggs of all varieties. Eggs on toast, french toast, scrambled eggs, omelettes. To max out the egg breakfast punch combine with high fiber bread and veggies.
  • Toast with nut butter or goat cheese.
  • Jennifer at The Days of a SAHM has a fantastic breakfast steak and egg burrito recipe that can be made ahead and frozen. Genius breakfast making idea.
  • Visit these Peace, Love and Muesli posts for breakfast recipes and ideas. Pancakes and waffles, fruit sauce/coulis, Peace, Love and Muesli and Granola.

Peace, Love and Muesli HQ’s Breakfasts

The kids have oats with hemp seeds. Everyday. Well, everyday we don’t have pancakes, waffles or crepes. Sometimes the oats are cooked, sometimes they add milk, sometimes they just eat them straight up.  Ken and I mix up a yogurt muesli concoction. Always hemp seeds. Some honey or maple syrup to sweeten, some combination of toasted amaranth, cooked quinoa, nuts, fruit. Ken adds oats. I don’t.

My current favorite breakfast is crepes, with yogurt and fruit.

Gluten-Free Crepes, from Living Without Magazine.

  • 1/2 cup arrowroot flour, 2/3 cup sorghum flour, pinch salt, 3 eggs, 1 1/3 cup milk, 4 tablespoons of melted butter or coconut oil. Helps to warm the milk a little.

Mix arrowroot, flour and salt together. Mix eggs, milk and oil together in a separate bowl. Whisk the liquids into the flour mix. Strain through a fine mesh sieve and let sit for about 1 hour. Cook on a hot skillet. Flip when the crepe develops a lace like pattern.

This morning we had these crepes with Theresa Albert’s Chocolate Hemp Spread, which I mixed with yogurt. Good times!

Learn more about hemp, by checking out my affiliate shop at Manitoba Harvest and my Hemp post.

Are you a breakfast lover? What’s your healthy go to brekkie? Fess up if you aren’t a breakfast eater. How can I help you change your ways?

Comments

  1. Do I eat breakfast? Do I? I wouldn’t survive until even 10am if I didn’t! My breakfast is not unhealthy, but it’s missing something: I always eat cereal with milk. Either warm cereal (warm bowl in microwave) or cold. But that’s it. No fruits, for instance.

    I think cereal, milk and fruit would be an ideal combination for a quick breakfast. Unfortunately, I’m not a fruit person, and frankly, we’ve never considered having fruit. But thinking about it, that would be healthy. We do add raisins sometimes, but that’s only so-so (high in sugars).

    • Do you eat nuts Judith? Nuts would be a good addition to your breakfast. Protein and some healthy fats. You could grind them if you needed to and sprinkle on the cereal.

  2. i definitely have to have some kind of fuel first thing in the morning, though i never have enough of it.

    #breakfastfail

  3. I love breakfast. It’s my favorite meal. I got out of the habit over the holidays, but I’m back to it now. Oatmeal with cinnamon and hemp seeds is my favorite right now. Sometimes I do cold cereal with a banana and a hemp milk smoothie. I do have boxed waffles sometimes too. I’m lazy.

  4. Right now I”m on MultiGrain Cheerios and a banana, and a cup of decaf tea.

    My normal go-to breakfast is steel cut oats in the slow cooker with a bit of Truvia, milk and whatever fruit I have on hand.

  5. I mix peanut butter with a little syrup and pop it in the microwave. That’s our “go-to” when we have pancakes. Not sure how good the peanut butter is for us, but it tastes great.
    I’ve got to start eating it earlier in the day though! I do yogurt, with hemp seed, fruit and a little honey or agave nectar. Or a spoon full of peanut butter and some carrots(I know, not very breakfast-y) and apples, maybe with just a couple of crackers. Those are my easy, not cooking for a crowd breakfasts. I need to mix it up some. Your breakfast suggestions sound good. What do you think of vegetable protein type sausage/bacon products?

    • That’s a great idea, PB and syrup. And PB is healthy if you don’t use the HFCS and oil kinds. Almond butter and honey would be nice too I bet. I often have an apple and almond butter as a snack.
      I’m not a big fan of those fake meat meats. They are ultimately processed foods and full of non-food stuff. Better to have real vegetables and real meat.

  6. Lori @ In Pursuit of Martha Points says:

    I’ve been thinking about eggs more for breakfast. One thing I’ve noticed – a largish breakfast does NOT make me less hungry at lunchtime. Large breakfast, small breakfast – still starving by noon.

    So I try to go modest for breakfast as there is not benefit to a few extra calories.

    But I’m thinking about eggs. (My breakfast protein is usually yogurt or peanut butter.)

    • I think what we eat for breakfast effects us at the 2 to 3 o’clock hours rather than lunch. I need a second breakfast to survive to lunch.
      Eggs are a worthy breakfast option. I find I need toast or veggies in an omelette to make them ‘stick”.

  7. Every day I eat oatmeal, berries, sprinkle of nuts, flaxseeds, lowfat milk when I get up.

    Midmorning snack plain yogurt, banana or berries, flaxseeds.

    Sometimes I’ll get wild and eat the yogurt early and the oatmeal for a snack. Freaking boring. I’m going to try branch out. I’ve never tried hemp…time to break out of my rut.

    • Are you having reduced fat yogurt or full fat? I’d vote for a 2-6 % fat one. The nuts are a good choice. Give the hemp seeds a try. I have noticed a bit boost in my morning since we’ve started eating them. The kids are none the wiser!

  8. I LOVE breakfast. I’ve never understood those people who say they don’t eat breakfast. I basically wake up hungry! NOM. I’ve just started on oatmeal. Have detested it until a week ago. For real! Pete made me some and now I’m in love (with the oatmeal). I have to get hemp seeds. 2 year old will eat oatmeal with us, but Mr. Independent 4YO won’t. Gotta change that up! Thanks for the great ideas.

    • You and I are on the same healthy page! Hooray for breakfast. Do try the hemp seeds. The chocolate hemp spread I linked to would be very decadent on oatmeal. Might entice Mr. Independent to enjoy oatmeal.

  9. I eat breakfast everyday (hooray me) but there’s whole grains, protein, but no fruit (oops). It gives me stomach cramps first thing so I wait until morning snack to have some. Question for you: how do you cook steel oats in the slow cooker? I love the idea of waking up to a hot breakfast but find they take too long to cook in the morning (ds1 on the bus at 7:30)

    • I’ve never done steel cut oats in the crock so I don’t have a recipe I trust. We have made up a big batch and then just reheated in the am.
      My friend Jenn posted this recipe a while ago http://peaceloveandmuesli.com/pease-porridge/
      As for fruit- if you are eating it through the day, you probably don’t need to worry about it at breakfast. My nutritionist told me it can be hard to digest and best to eat fruit alone.

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